New York 1991
Lives in Zurich e Grosseto
Isabella Costabile creates her works using mainly waste materials seen as narrative opportunities, shaping imageries crowded with extra-terrestrial creatures and sacred priestesses, set in livid lunar landscapes. She combines an ecological attitude toward recycling with narrative curiosity and a playful posture. A group of sculptures in the exhibition portraits creatures that inhabit territories set between the ultra-space and the Maremma countryside, where the artist grew up.
In Santa Maremma (2016) and in the other works from this period, dialectal interjections and the idea of a land to be sanctified turn into metaphors, while the fragments that compose them lose all connection with their physical essence and the time they come from. In her more recent works – all Untitled – the artist’s interest falls on the transformative abilities of materials and on their intrinsic resilience. A fairytale and science fictional mood creates narratives suspended between past and future, between impossible and unstable archaeologies, investigating the recognition of the other and the self, human relationships and social changes.